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Vehicle Struck Monkeypod Tree in Fatal Makena Accident

January 19, 2012, 2:38 PM HST
* Updated January 19, 4:53 PM
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Makena Alanui morning road closure, January 19, 2011. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Maui police say a man who died at the scene of an early morning traffic accident in Makena did not die as a result of the crash.

Authorities have since identified the man as 61-year-old Bernardo Ragamat.

The vehicle, described as a Toyota 4Runner, was headed south on Makena Alanui Road at around 4:32 a.m. when the accident occurred.

According to police reports, the vehicle Ragamat failed to negotiate a sweeping left hand turn, traveled off the roadway, and collided into a monkeypod tree.

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Maui police say Ragamat was wearing his seatbelt, but died at the scene.  The incident is being investigated as an unattended death with final autopsy results pending.

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The accident forced the temporary closure of Makena Alanui Road between Honoiki Street and Old Makena Road from 4:50 to 8:41 a.m. while police conducted an investigation.

Makena Alanui Drive, January 19, 2012. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Makena Alanui Drive, January 19, 2012. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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